SHRM Foundation Awards Eight Scholarships for Annual Conference

By SHRM Online staff Apr 18, 2017

The good times have already started rolling for eight members of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) who were awarded a SHRM Foundation scholarship to attend the SHRM 2017 Annual Conference & Exposition.

The largest HR conference in the world will take place June 18-21 in New Orleans. 

This is the third year for the scholarships, which are given to one person in each of SHRM's five domestic regions; to one HR professional from any SHRM region who has done significant paid and/or volunteer work on hiring, retaining and engaging military veterans or workers ages 50 and older; to one student member from any SHRM region; and to one recipient of the Northwest Human Resource Management Association (NHRMA) Student Scholarship.

Winners receive complimentary, full-conference registration, a $500 travel stipend and up to a four-night stay in New Orleans.

Eligible applicants were current SHRM members who have been unable, because of a lack of financial support, to attend Annual Conference in the past, and who have not attended the Annual Conference since 2012.

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This year's winners are:

  • Cecilia Clark, an HR professional who has done significant paid and/or volunteer work on hiring, retaining and engaging military veterans. She is the employment program and talent acquisition manager for NextOp Inc. in Houston, which specializes in finding jobs for veterans.
  • Curtis Jones III, Southeast region. Jones is the HR/administrative assistant for the town of Lantana, Fla., and member of the Human Resource Association of Palm Beach County SHRM chapter.
  • Edward Pankow, North Central region. He is HR director for the Center for Veterans Issues Ltd. in Milwaukee and is an Army veteran.
  • Markus Smith, NHRMA Student Scholarship recipient, a new scholarship for a student member from Alaska, Oregon or Washington state. He is an HR intern for public utility Seattle City Light. He will graduate in June 2017 from the University of Washington Bothell, where he founded a SHRM student chapter in 2016.
  • Amy Fine Stanfield, Pacific West region. She is an HR manager at Good Samaritan Ministries and Thrift Store in Helena, Mont.
  • Nicole Urbanavage, SHRM-SCP, Southwest region. She is the HR manager at KSQ Design in Tulsa, Okla. The firm provides planning, architecture and interior design services.  
  • Karlene Williams, student member. She is the HR payroll ad operations coordinator for the Children of Promise in New York City and a graduate assistant in the Touro College School of Business in New York. She graduates in June 2017.
  • Andrea Winrow, SHRM-CP, Northeast region. She is the HR manager at Gateway Community Industries in Kingston, N.Y., a nonprofit that provides vocational, nutritional and mental health services.

The scholarships were open to current SHRM members who fall into any of the following categories:

  • Employed full or part time at a for-profit organization with fewer than 250 employees.
  • Employed at a nonprofit.
  • Employed by local, state, tribal or federal government.
  • Is a member of the military. 
  • Is currently unemployed and/or a full-time student.


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